At my work I’m in groundhog mode: keep my head down, do my work (well), and just get by. It is not something I would say is worthy of A or rockstar players, is not something I’m proud of, and has a number of reasons why that I won’t go into.
With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a formal recognition from a new hire that I was “mentoring.” Mentoring is in quotes as that is what the program is called, it is not mentoring as most would think.
“Your guidance and support has given me a fresh outlook on innovation. Having you as a mentor has made a difference in the professional I want to be in my role. Thank you for all that you have shared!”
I appreciate the managing up she is doing. But, I feel a bit chagrined. I told her what is realistic. ‘In 20 months I have never used this program. Be aware it exists and what it offers, don’t stress about the ins and outs of how to use it.’
I dunno. I don’t think I’m innovative.
Yet, on the flip side, at the nonprofit I volunteer for, in training my successor as Director of the Department of Administration I find that >75% of what the department does is due to my seeing a need and getting the programs initiated. This could be seen as innovation. But again, getting performance reviews in place, applicant tracking, showing multi-year trends in reports, adding photos to the Annual Report – those aren’t innovative type things.
What do you think is innovative? Have you done anything that is viewed as such? Share!